Photo of Bruce

New Zealand, b.1949

Bruce Connew is a photographer.

He lives in Auckland, New Zealand, and sometimes in Paris.

Apart from an early skirmish with the Guildford School of Art, West Surrey College of Art and Design, then south of London, Bruce is an autodidact.

His central projects have shown as solo exhibitions in most public art galleries in New Zealand.

A number of these projects are published as variations on the photobook.

Since ‘I Saw You’ (2007), his books have reflected a protracted review of his practice. ‘Body of Work’ (2015), acknowledges this ongoing review.

‘My work does not come from orderly research. An idea emerges from an assortment of simmering propositions, components of things yet to be fashioned. With these elements in hand, I set off in pursuit of other evidence from which to construct meaning.’

His work is in public and private collections in New Zealand and elsewhere.

 
bruce@bruceconnew.com

 

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  • 2013 · Censored, Examined, Exploited, Suite Gallery, Wellington
  • 2012 · Stopover, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland
  • 2011 · I Drive You Crazy, to the Moon, Suite Gallery, Wellington
  • 2011 · Karma Police and The Way We Live Now Suite Pop-Up Gallery, Wellington
  • 2009 · I Must Behave, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
  • 2009 · Censored triptych, Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington
  • 2009 · I Must Behave Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington
  • 2008 · Stopover, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga
  • 2008 · On the way to an ambush, War Photo Limited, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 2007 · Stopover, Pataka Art Gallery, Porirua, Wellington
  • 2007 · I Saw You, Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington
  • 2004–2005 · Muttonbirds - part of a story, McNamara Gallery, Whanganui; Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland; Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington
  • 2002–2003 · Press Escape to Cancel, te tuhi, Auckland; Rotorua Museum, Rotorua; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
  • 1998 · On the way to an ambush, performance/projection, Foundings Theatre, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
  • 1995–1997 · Suburbs, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui; Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North; Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery, Rotorua
  • 1988–1990 · Beyond the Pale, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington; Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland; various venues, Buller/Westland
  • 1986 · Kanaky, New Zealand universities (touring)
  • 1986–1987 · South Africa, National Art Gallery, Wellington; Hastings City Cultural Centre, Hastings; Fisher Gallery, Auckland; Robert McDougall Gallery, Christchurch; Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
  • 1980 · Portfolio 1976-1980, PhotoForum Gallery, Wellington
  • 2016 · ‘Body of Work’ book, Show, curated by Ed Hanfling, with others, Ramp Gallery, Wintec, Hamilton
  • 2016 · Disenchanted Prophets Matakite Matekiri, Photography as Living Protest, curated by Nina Sejar, with Mark Adams, Bruce Connew, Gil Hanly, John Miller, Ans Westra, Te Kōngahu, Museum of Waitangi
  • 2014 · History in the Taking: 40 Years of PhotoForum, curated by Nina Sejar and Geoffrey H. Short, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, City Gallery Wellington
  • 2014 · I Saw You (Re:Vision), Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland
  • 2013 · Recent Auckland Photography, Northart, Auckland
  • 2010 · I Must Behave selection, RCA Secret 2010, London
  • 2008 · Censored triptych, Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Awards, Hamilton
  • 2008 · I Saw You selection RCA Secret 2008, London
  • 2007 · Moving Still, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland
  • 2006 · Birds – The Art of NZ Birdlife Pataka Gallery, Porirua, Wellington; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
  • 2006 · Return of the Hand, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
  • 2006–2007 · Wonder-land Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome; Pingyao International Photography Festival, China; Auckland Festival AK07
  • 2005 · Stopover screened, Visa Pour l’Image photography festival, Perpignan, France
  • 2005 · Symbols of Sovereignty, Pataka Gallery, Wellington
  • 2005 · Pacific Light, Pataka Gallery, Porirua, Wellington
  • 2005–2006 · Verbatim National Library Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland
  • 2003 · The Caravan, Pataka Gallery, Porirua, Wellington
  • 2003–2006 · My Place COCA, Christchurch; Fringe Festival, Adelaide
  • 1998 · 747X10, Archill Gallery, Auckland
  • 1990 · Art and Organised Labour, City Gallery, Wellington
  • 1988 · From Pillar to Post, Real Pictures Gallery, Auckland
  • 1976 · A Loss of Values, PhotoForum group show, Auckland Museum
  • 2015 · Body of Work, Vapour Momenta Books
  • 2009 · I Must Behave, Vapour Momenta Books
  • 2009 · Censored, GRANTA 105, Spring 2009
  • 2007 · I Saw You, Vapour Momenta Books
  • 2007 · Stopover, Victoria University Press and University of Hawai’i Press
  • 2004 · Muttonbirds—part of a story, Vapour Momenta Books
  • 2000 · Press Escape to Cancel, SPORT 24, Fergus Barrowman
  • 1999 · On the way to an ambush, Victoria University Press
  • 1995 · Suburbs, self-published catalogue
  • 1987 · South Africa, Hodder & Stoughton
  • 2014 · PhotoForum at 40, Counterculture, Clusters, and Debate in New Zealand, Nina Sejar, Rim Books
  • 2013 · Recent Auckland Photography, PhotoForum
  • 2006 · Into the Light, a History of New Zealand Photography, Craig Potton Publishing
  • 2005 · My Place, Glenn Busch and Bruce Connew, et al, University of Canterbury
  • 1998 · A Century of Images, Te Papa Press
  • 1993 · New Zealand Photography from the 1840s to the Present, PhotoForum
  • 1981 · By Batons and Barbed Wire, Real Pictures
  • 1981 · The Tour, Athol McCredie/Lothians
  • 2017 · ‘Body of Work’, Jenny Harper, Allure and discomfort, Art Monthly Australasia 216, Sydney
  • 2017 · ‘I Saw You’, Surveillance Index, Mark Ghuneim, New York
  • 2016 · ‘Body of Work’, Daniel Boetker-Smith, photo-eye, Book of the Week, USA
  • 2016 · ‘Body of Work’, Christophe Le Toquin, How to start talking about this book, Christer Ek blog, France
  • 2016 · ‘Body of Work’, Brad Feuerhelm, Pascal Invented Horse Porn from the Void, American Suburb X, UK
  • 2016 · ‘Body of Work’, Colin Pantall, Neat, Tidy and Organised?, Colin Pantall blog, UK
  • 2016 · ‘Body of Work’, John L. Walters, Books received #20, eye magazine blog, UK
  • 2016 · ‘Body of Work’, Josef Chladek Best 2015 list, Austria
  • 2015 · ‘Body of Work’, The body politic, interview with Virginia Were, Art News NZ, vol 35, no 4
  • 2015 · PhotoBook Melbourne website interview with Alice Connew and Bruce Connew, daughter / father
  • 2014 · ‘I Must Behave’, Pictures They Want to Make, Ed Hanfling/Chris Corson-Scott, NZ
  • 2012 · Auckland Festival of Photography, symposium speaker
  • 2011 · I Drive You Crazy, to the Moon, essay, Dr Barbara Garrie, Bruce Connew website, NZ
  • 2010 · ‘I Must Behave’, Marcel Tromp, Unsettling Images, Landfall 219, NZ
  • 2009 · ‘Censored’, ‘I Must Behave’ in PhotoHistories and more, Saturday Morning, Kim Hill, Radio New Zealand
  • 2009 · ‘Censored’, GRANTA 105, Lost and Found, Spring 2009, UK
  • 2009 · ‘I Must Behave’, ‘Photo HiStories’, Visual Archives, Deidra Sullivan, PhotoForum, NZ
  • 2009 · A conversation with Mary-Jane Duffy, Bruce Connew website, NZ
  • 2008 · Unguarded Moments, Michael Fitzgerald, EDIT 45, Germany
  • 2008 · ‘Stopover’, Asha Chand, ‘Aether’, CSU, Northridge, USA
  • 2008 · ‘I Saw You’ / ‘Stopover’, Michael Fitzgerald, EDIT 45, Germany
  • 2007 · ‘Stopover’, Cutting Out, Elizabeth Keenan, TIME magazine
  • 2007 · Witness to a Migration, Finlay Macdonald, Sunday Star Times, NZ
  • 2007 · The Gentle Observer, Kelly Andrew, Dominion Post, NZ
  • 2007 · ‘Stopover’, book introduction, Fiji/NZ
  • 2005 · ‘Muttonbirds—part of a story’, Of Flight and Death, Michael Fitzgerald, TIME magazine
  • 2005 · ‘Muttonbirds—part of a story’, Dug In, Dug Out, Gregory O'Brien, City Gallery Wellington, NZ
  • 2004 · ‘Muttonbirds—part of a story’, book introduction and oral history with Dean Tiemi Te Au, NZ
  • 2003 · Finding the Bodies, Peter Ireland, PhotoForum 69, NZ
  • 2003 · Street Wise, Virginia Were, Art News, NZ
  • 2000 · ‘Press Escape to Cancel’, essay of photographs and writing, Sport 24, NZ
  • 1999 · ‘On the way to an ambush’, Justin Paton, Landfall 198, NZ
  • 1999 · The Waters of Life, essay, Aparna Sen, Brian Brake’s ‘monsoon girl’, NZ Listener
  • 1999 · ‘On the way to an ambush’, book blurb, Peter Turner, NZ
  • 1999 · ‘On the way to an ambush’, book text, Bruce Connew, NZ
  • 1998 · ‘On the way to an ambush’, Saturday Morning, Kim Hill, Radio New Zealand
  • 1995 · ‘Suburbs’, exhibition catalogue essay, Bruce Connew, NZ
  • 1988 · ‘Beyond the Pale’, Coalface Close Up, Bruce Connew, NZ Listener
  • 1987 · ‘South Africa’, Riemke Ensing, Art New Zealand 44
  • 1987 · ‘South Africa’, book introduction, Nomzamo Winnie Mandela, South Africa
  • 1987 · ‘South Africa’, book text, Vernon Wright, NZ
  • 1986 · Withering Contempt, John B Turner, Creative Camera, UK
  • 1986 · Zealot Who Melds Film and Feeling, Linda Clark, New Zealand Times
  • 1986 · View Through a Passionate Eye, Michael Kopp, Dominion, NZ
  • 1986 · Seeing With the Camera, Ian Wedde, Evening Post, NZ
  • 1986 · ‘South Africa’, Soweto and Winnie Mandela, Bruce Connew/Vernon Wright, NZ Woman’s Weekly
  • 1985 · ‘Kanaky’, The Waiting War, Vernon Wright, NZ Listener
  • 2008 · On the way to an ambush slideshow/narration, Bruce Connew, DVD
  • 2007 · I Saw You, 8-minute short film on surveillance, Catherine Griffiths/Bruce Connew, DVD
  • 2002 · Visible Evidence, eight photographers, Leon Narbey, produced by Trevor Haysom (shown Television New Zealand)
  • 1987 · South Africa in Black and White, 12-minute documentary using Bruce Connew’s South Africa images, Tom McWilliams/Terry O’Connor (shown New Zealand International Film Festival, Auckland and Wellington)
  • 1986 · Kaleidoscope, 17-minute documentary on Bruce Connew’s photography, Howard Taylor (shown Television New Zealand)
  • Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa,
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (books)
  • Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand
  • Dowse Art Museum, New Zealand
  • Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua, New Zealand
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Manatu Aorere, New Zealand
  • Private collections